JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL ALL DAY TODAY

Morongo Basin marks National Gay Pride Month today with the fifth annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival at the Art Queen Complex in Joshua Tree. Billed as an art and music festival for the whole family, this year’s theme is “A Celebration of Progress” to acknowledge the growing understanding of

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REP. COOK’S JOHNSON VALLEY PLAN PASSES U.S. HOUSE

Congressman Paul Cook’s plan to create the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Co-sponsored with California Rep, “Buck” McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, the legislation which now goes to the Senate,

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YUCCA VALLEY RECALL PETITIONS APPROVED, SIGNATURE GATHERING STARTS

The effort to recall two members of the Yucca Valley Town Council got a green light on Wednesday to start gathering signatures. Proponents now have until Tuesday, September 10th to collect 2,461 signatures, 25% of the town’s registered voters. If successful, a special election to recall council members George Huntington

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DOG REUNITES WITH OWNER AFTER 6 MONTHS

Amanda Hernandez had almost given up hope of finding her lost dog, Misty, who had been missing for nearly six months. Hernandez and her three dogs had moved from Morongo Valley to the Western Hills area of Yucca Valley last year, but shortly after the move, Misty dug out from

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SHERIFF’S DUI/DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT IN 29 PALMS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Police Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint tonight. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed location in Twentynine Palms between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin marks National Gay Pride Month tomorrow with the fifth annual Joshua Tree Gay Pride Festival at the Art Queen Complex in Joshua Tree. Billed as an art and music festival for the whole family, this year’s theme is “A Celebration of Progress” to acknowledge the growing understanding

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YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL CONTROL HOURS SHORTENED FOR THIS WEEKEND

Yucca Valley Animal Care and Control will open shortened hours from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday only. Regular Animal Shelter hours will resume Tuesday. If you are missing a pet or want to reclaim your impounded animal, call the shelter at 760-365-3111 and leave a message with your name,

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OPPONENTS OF JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL MEET SATURDAY

The opponents of a Dollar General store in Joshua Tree have called a community meeting for this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Joshua Tree Community Center to discuss the options in going forward with regard to opposing the store now that the San Bernardino County Board of

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AUDITIONS FOR SPAMALOT SUNDAY AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 will hold open auditions this Sunday for the over-the-top comedy musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the casting call….. Director Kathryn Ferguson and Theatre 29 have set auditions for the fall production of the musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” This “silly-as-you-like-it” Broadway smash is a farcical

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COUNTY APPROVES $4.4 BILLION BUDGET, HALTS COMMERCIAL SOLAR

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a balanced $4.4 billion budget and adopted an ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on solar-energy projects. The 2013-14 fiscal year budget includes an increase of $151.1 million in the general fund, a portion of which will be used to cover retirement

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER GETS RADIOLOGY ACCREDITATION

Hi-Desert Medical Center has received a specialized radiology accreditation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…… Following a recent review by the American College of Radiology, the Hi-Desert Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in computed tomography. Computed tomography scanning, or CAT scanning, is a noninvasive test that helps physicians diagnose

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HATHAWAY FIRE GROWS, SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR WEST END

With the Nearby Hathaway fire continuing to grow, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an Smoke Advisory for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and surrounding communities. Smoke from the Hathaway wildfire currently burning near the Morongo Indian Reservation in Riverside County could impact air quality in these

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LOCAL AIR QUALITY WARNING AS NEARBY FIRE GROWS

The size of the nearby Hathaway Fire that has been burning east of banning since Sunday has grown. Officials adjusted the burn area to 2,372 acres. Firefighters have contained 30 percent of the wildfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service doesn’t expect full containment until June 25.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION ALSO ACCEPTS CHANGES TO SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT

Following their discussion about the home-based occupancy permit for firearms sales, the Commissioners received an update about the Senior Housing Project. The project has lost some funding, and so the developer, National CORE, has had to make some minor changes to the product. While the number of apartments has remained

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PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES DECISION ON HOME-BASED GUN SHOP

Morality or legality; these were some of the issues the Yucca Valley Planning Commission wrestled with at its meeting last night. Neighbors came out in force to argue against issuing a home-occupancy permit for a gun seller in a residential neighborhood. Managing editor, Tami Roleff, was at the 3 ½

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MORE DETAILS ON MAJOR INJURY MOTORCYCLE CRASH FRIDAY

The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the three people involved in last Friday night’s head on collision on State Route 62 in Joshua Tree. Investigators say Rebecca Fletcher, 25, of Deale, Maryland, was riding the 2006 Suzuki sport bike in the eastbound left lane just east of

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BLAMED FOR MAJOR INJURY ROLLOVER CRASH

A Yucca Valley woman suffered major injuries after she rolled her car on Old Woman Springs Road Monday night; use of prescription drugs are suspected. Shortly after 10 p.m. Tammy Godden, 34, was driving northbound on Old Woman Springs Road when she lost control of her 1997 Ford Explorer. Her

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD EXPECTED TO APPROVE CAPITAL BUDGET TONIGHT

The budget is the main item on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Director’s. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in on the rest of the agenda… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets in regular session at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray

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NEARBY HATHAWAY FIRE BRINGING SMOKE IN TO THE AREA

The nearby Hathaway Fire has grown to 1,700 acres. Winds whipped furiously through the Banning Pass late Monday, making firefighters’ jobs much tougher. The wildfire was 25 percent contained by 6:30 p.m. last night. It’ll likely take a few weeks until firefighters fully control the fire. The blaze, first reported

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WE CLEAR THE AIR ON SOME YUCCA VALLEY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Rumors have been circulating about construction projects in the Town of Yucca Valley. Yucca Valley Town Manager Mark Nuaimi cleared up the confusion. When the specific plan for Home Depot was approved, it included approval for about 35,000 square feet of retail development. In addition, the Town is expecting a

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